How to Make Parallel Lines in Photoshop

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If you are creating graphics for a website, an ad or a brochure, you want them to look as good as possible. Nothing drives business away faster than the impression that you are unprofessional, and bad graphics give this impression. One of the worst mistakes is to create lines that are supposed to be parallel but aren't, since this sort of thing is obvious and jarring to the viewer or reader. If you are creating these lines in PhotoShop, you are faced with a bit of a problem: There is no obvious way to tell PhotoShop to make the lines you are creating parallel. Fortunately, there is a workaround in Photoshop that allows you to create perfectly straight parallel lines at any angle.

  • Open PhotoShop. Select “File” and click “New.” Enter the width and height numbers for your document. If the document is for a Web page, you should use pixels. But if it will be printed you should use inches. The resolution is also affected, because content meant for Web pages should be set at 72, while printed documents should be set at at least 300 pixels per inch. If you want the image lines to be placed against another image or background, choose “Transparent.” Click “OK.”

  • Select "Window" in the menu and click “Show” and then “Grid.” A grid overlay will appear above your document.

  • Select the “Brush” tool, and in the options at the top, make the width whatever you want for the line. Change the “Foreground Color” at the bottom of the toolbar to the color you want for the line.

  • Select the “Pen” tool and use it to draw in the path for the first line where you want. Now select the “Path” tab and right-click the listed path. Select “Stroke Path” from the options. The right-click again and select “Delete Path.” You now have the first line.

  • Repeat steps 3 and 4 to draw in a second line. As you use the “Pen” tool to place the two points, make sure they are the same distance away from the other lines, using the grid spaces to determine this.

  • Select “File” and click “Save.” Name you file and save you work.

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